In the last few years, Southampton have not been afraid to look towards the SPL for new squad additions, a transfer strategy that has produced a couple of big results for the club.
The Saints signed Virgil van Dijk and Victor Wanyama from Celtic, who both performed exceptionally well at St. Mary’s before moving on to Liverpool and Tottenham respectively, while Stuart Armstrong has also made the move from Glasgow to the south coast of England this summer.
But while van Dijk and Wanyama have been success stories, the same cannot be said for Fraser Forster.
Forster joined Southampton from Celtic back in 2014, and initially made a great start to life in the Premier League.
His first season in English football’s top flight with the Saints, overall, was a good one and in the earlier part of his career with the club, he was probably the best goalkeeper in the bracket below the likes of David de Gea, Thibaut Courtois and Hugo Lloris at the top.
However, the English shot-stopper has had a rapid decline ever since and lost his position as No.1 to Alex McCarthy last campaign.
With the arrival of Angus Gunn, £13.5m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Forster now finds himself as manager Mark Hughes’ third choice goalkeeper and the thought of leaving St. Mary’s must be something the England international is strongly considering.
And if Forster does decide his time at Southampton is up, then a return to Celtic could be ideal for both parties.
Craig Gordon has done a good job in between the goal posts at Celtic Park since arriving from Sunderland back in the summer of 2014 but, at 35, it will only be a matter of time before Brendan Rodgers looks for a successor, with Forster being more than a suitable candidate.
Despite his struggles in the Premier League over the last year or so, Forster is still a goalkeeper with loads of ability. At 6’7″, his presence in goal is intimidating, but even at that height the former Celtic man remains very agile and a great shot-stopper.
Going back to Glasgow will give him the chance to relaunch his career and, in the process, give Celtic the opportunity to adequately replace Gordon.
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